Goal setting, exactly what is it?
1. You say you want to achieve (goal) something
2. You set a date or time in which to achieve it
3. You write out a plan of action
4. You follow that plan of action and…
5. You FAIL to achieve the stated goal
The plan was flawed from the get-go.
Kind of like wanting to “fall in love with someone” because you want to be in love. You join dating services and social sites and meet people but never “fall in love”. Why? Because you want to fall in love for the sake of being in love or because you think falling in love will make you happy. You see “other people” seemingly in love and you want to be like them.
Well it doesn’t work that way.
There is no “vision”, no feeling, and no true mental desire for true happiness. There was just a goal that you think will bring you happiness.
You see when I first started into bodybuilding I followed (to a tee) all the diets and weight lifting programs of the champions and for four straight years I failed, went nowhere and actually lost weight and muscle size. I looked at the physiques of “other people” and thought that if I looked like them I would be happy.
Then one day I had a vision. It was a mental “vision” of how I wanted to look and how I wanted to “feel” about myself. It was NOT a “goal” but a vision with feeling. I stopped following the lifestyle of diet and training that I had been implementing during the previous four years.
I quit it all and then I did this.
Just envisioned the way I wanted to look and feel about myself.
In my mind’s eye I created the “perfect me.”
From there on, just like magic, I created the right diets and training programs that worked for “me!”
Mistake #1 for Diet and Training
It happens every year.
Get in shape, a New Year’s resolution. Lose fat, gain muscle and feel great.
So the person does this;
1. Sets a goal to lose weight and put on muscle
2. Finds or creates a weight lifting workout program
3. Finds or creates a weight loss muscle building diet
4. Starts the program on a Monday, let’s say January 3rd
5. By January 9th they don’t feel energetic but lost a couple pounds
6. By January 16th they are starting to feel worn-out and losing strength
7. By January 23rd they say they felt better when they were not on a diet
8. By January 30th they may start getting physically worn out and getting sick or feeling under the weather
9. By February 7th they start to fall off the diet and miss some workout days because they lack energy and feel sluggish
10. By the end of February 92% of the people who started a diet and workout program have called it quits.
11. By the end of April 96% of the people who started a diet and workout program have called it quits and many have actually gained weight!
Why? What was the cause?
1. The weight lifting program they followed was not progressive for their body-type
2. The diet plan they followed was not nutrient balanced for their personal metabolic needs
This happens every year. Over-trained and under-nourished equals failure, it cannot end in any other way.
Don’t believe me? Just secretly observe the people you know who are on a diet and training program and watch what happens. The time frame may change a little but the end result will be the same, guaranteed.